Green Howards mark end of link

Brian Dooks

THE Green Howards have said farewell to their Colonel-in-Chief, the King of Norway, Harald V, ending an association dating back to 1875.

The King, with Queen Sonja, was guest of honour at a dinner hosted by senior officers, at Dunster Castle in Somerset.

The regiment that became the Green Howards was raised at the castle in 1688 by Colonel Francis Luttrell, whose descendant Sir Walter Luttrell and Lady Luttrell also attended the dinner.

King Harald has been Colonel-in-Chief since 1992 – succeeding his father, King Olav V.

The King’s great-grandmother, Queen Alexandra, wife of King Edward VII, was the regiment’s first Colonel-in-Chief, from 1914 to 1928.

In June the Green Howards are to become the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (Green Howards) and as a result King Harald has relinquished his role.

The Green Howards’ Regimental Secretary, Major Brian Metcalfe, who arranged the dinner, said: “As the Green Howards come to the end of an era, we felt it appropriate to mark the long service to the Regiment by His Majesty the King of Norway and by previous members of his family.”